I was very impressed with you and your team

Source: Partner of a reputed UK based law firm

My thanks to everyone for a job most excellently done

Source: Partner of a reputed UK based law firm

I look forward to working with you all again very soon

Source: Partner of a reputed UK based law firm

“Impressive use of technology, and a solid international client base”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2018

“Well presented strategy”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2018

“They are all excellent lawyers”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They provide quality and business friendly input”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“Their knowledge and services are excellent”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They live up to the expectations”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They have an excellent reputation in the healthcare field”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“Highly attuned to the complex local legislative framework”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“They are cost efficient and very professional”

Source: IFLR 1000 (2018)

“I could not be more pleased with the manner in which you have handled the matter”

Source: CFO of a specialized equipment supplier

“A trustful, reliable and very competent law firm”

Source: GC of a global automotive supplier

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

The Lawyer European Awards 2018

Source: European Law Firm of the Year – Highly Commended

“Good financial performance and growth, focus on the core market”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

Law Firm of the Year: Eastern Europe and the Balkans

Source: Law Firm of the Year: Eastern Europe and the Balkans

“Takes part in noteworthy CSR initiatives”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“Recognised internationally for the great quality of its services”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“A true Romanian success story”

Source: Judges of The Lawyer European Awards 2017

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“I had made the same request from over 20 law firms in the past 15 years and your law firm made the most comprehensive and best analysis, in a timely fashion and very well written.”

Source: Partner of a U.S. based law firm

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“Professionals of high standards.”

Source: Director of an important oil & gas company

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“This team is pragmatic and dedicated, and successfully represents our interests.”

Source: Chambers and Partners

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“A reliable team providing a high standard of work.”

Source: Chambers and Partners

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“They are quick, thorough and pro-business, very determined, innovative and friendly.”

Source: IFLR 1000

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

“This is a go-to firm for M&A deals.”

Source: IFLR 1000

Law Firm of the Year: Romania
The Lawyer European Awards 2017

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Awards & nominations

2018

This year, the reputed The Legal 500 ranked and acknowledged Maravela|Asociații in four different practice areas: Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Real estate and Construction, Restructuring and Insolvency as well as Tax. Founding Partners Gelu Maravela and Alina Popescu were praised for their team leading skills and experience, whilst Partners Dana Rădulescu and Felix Tapai were mentioned and noted by the international directory. For 29 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research programme revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. More information here.

On March 15, 2018, during a special night in London, that celebrated success in the European legal world, Maravela|Asociații was designated, by a tremendous jury, winner of the Law Firm of the Year: Eastern Europe and The Balkans Award, during The Lawyer European Awards 2018. Currently at their ninth edition and structured in 24 categories (by country, region, types of deals, referral work but also recognizing the managing partner of the year and holding a distinct global in-house category), the awards showcase the achievements of firms to the rest of the industry. Further detail about The Lawyer European Awards as well as this edition’s jury can be found on the official website at http://www.thelawyereuropeanevent.com

Further to winning the Law Firm of the Year: Eastern Europe and the Balkans Award, Maravela|Asociații has been designated as Highly Commended Firm (runner up) in the European Law Firm of the Year category. An official article of The Lawyer, released after the event, states: “Highly commended in the overall law firm of the year category was Romanian firm Maravela, which won Eastern European/Balkans firm prize for the second year running. Despite its small size – it was only set up five years ago – the judges said it had ‘reaped the rewards of its niche’ and praised its focus on talent nurturing.”

Founding Partners Gelu Maravela and Alina Popescu have been included in the 2018-19 Edition of The Best Lawyers in Romania. Gelu Maravela was named 2018-2019 “Lawyer of the Year” for work in Project Finance and Development Practice, being acknowledged for his Arbitration and Mediation, Banking and Finance Law, Energy Law, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation, Natural Resources Law, Project Finance and Development Practice, whilst Alina Popescu is praised for her Arbitration and Mediation, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions experience. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 75 countries. “For more than a third of the century,” says CEO Steven Naifeh, “Best Lawyers has been the gold standard of excellence in the legal profession.” President Phil Greer adds, “We are extremely proud of that record and equally proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of these exceptional legal professionals.” Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in Romania list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

It is the fourth year in a row that Maravela|Asociații is recognized by the judging committee of The Lawyer European Awards. This year the firm has been shortlisted for Law firm of the year: Eastern Europe and The Balkans. This category was only open to independent firms headquartered in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. Judges have paid attention to firms able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. They were equally looking for firms that can clearly articulate their strategy and vision for the future, both in terms of significant developments in the past year and planned investment. Shortlisted firms had to prove their capability of operating in the global economy, possessing strategic initiatives aimed at growing cross-border and referral work, both inbound and outbound. The judging panel is formed by partners of top international business law firms and in-house top management representatives of multinational companies. Further information about the awards is available here.

Maravela|Asociații is once again recognized and a recommended firm in IFLR1000’s Financial and Corporate Guide 2018, whilst Managing Partner Gelu Maravela is Hihgly regarded for his M&A expertise, especially in the Healthcare sector, having a very strong reputation on the market. We are proud to have clients commend us: “They are cost efficient and very professional”, “They offer sound sometimes innovative advice and get results, time after time”, “Very responsive and thorough” for our M&A as well as for our Restructuring and Insolvency departments.

Founding Partner Alina Popescu has been named “Leading Cross Border Investments and Transactions Adviser of the Year, Romania”, at the 2018 Leading Adviser Awards, from Acquisition International Magazine, part of AI Global. Since 2010, Acquisition International Magazine’s annual awards have been highlighting the amazing work done by those firms and individuals whose ceaseless dedication to innovation, customer care and the continued growth and improvement of their businesses has seen them forge ahead of their competitors and raise the bar for performance and results in their industry.

2017

Maravela|Asociații was designated Law Firm of the Year in Romania at The Lawyer European Awards 2017. Out of more than 120 competing firms for 24 categories Maravela|Asociații shared the podium with internationally reputed European law firms such as Herbert Smith, Gleiss Lutz, A&L Goodbody, Wolf Theiss, just to name a few. The judging panel that designated Maravela|Asociații Law Firm of the Year in Romania was formed by partners of top international business law firms (Chadbourne & Parke, Charles Russell Speechlys, Macfarlanes, Mishcon de Reya, Shoosmiths, Slaughter and May, Travers Smith, Trowers & Hamlins, Walker Morris, Winston & Strawn) and in-house top management representatives of multinational companies (Aviva UK Life, IOC Television and Marketing Services, Moët Hennessy, Osborne Clarke International, Paypal, Sequa Petroleum N.V., Smiths Group PLC, Société Générale, Wolseley plc).

In the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa Maravela|Asociații is a recommended firm in the Corporate, commercial and M&A practice area, whilst Managing Partners Gelu Maravela and Alina Popescu are recommended individual lawyers. Researchers state that ”Maravela|Asociaţii is ‘a professional team on all levels’. Gelu Maravela is ‘an excellent professional’, and Alina Popescu is ‘an expert in finding efficient solutions – very professional and knowledgeable’”. The Legal 500 rankings are covering 82 countries and are based on the results of research and the merits of the available evidence – law firms are ranked on merit alone.

In 2017, Maravela|Asociații and its Managing Partner Gelu Maravela are once again listed in the reputed Chambers Europe. Chambers guides are the culmination of thousands of in-depth interviews by the largest research team of its kind and are trusted globally to objectively rank the world’s best lawyers and law firms. The researchers stated about our firm: ”Solid team with experience in public procurement and PPP matters, well versed in project development and investment. Strong focus on infrastructure, energy and water services, in addition to healthcare projects”. About Managing Partner Gelu Maravela, this year’s edition mentions: ”Gelu Maravela is experienced in public procurement issues and offers assistance with related litigation. He is noted for his cross-departmental expertise and is active in healthcare, energy and infrastructure projects.”

For the third year in a row, Maravela|Asociații has been shortlisted by a reputed jury appointed by The Lawyer European Awards 2017 for the Law firm of the year: Romania award. Now in their eighth year, The Lawyer European Awards were the first initiative of their kind to reward and celebrate excellence across the European legal market. This year the Awards recognize strategic vision, particularly focusing on cross-border initiatives, robust partnership culture, strong financial performance and growth, consistent excellence in delivery of legal services as well as outstanding talent management.

In 2017, Maravela|Asociații`s is once again a ”recognized firm” for its Corporate and M&A practice, by IFLR 1000. IFLR 1000 is the guide to the world’s leading financial and corporate law firms and lawyers, conducting research in over 120 jurisdictions worldwide. Research is based on transactional evidence, as well as peer and client feedback. IFLR 1000 recognizes the following attributes: technical ability, accessibility and communication, depth of team, value for money, client/lawyer relationship and international network.

We were awarded Commercial Arbitration Law Firm of the Year in Romania within the 2017 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Awards. The awards` research department conducts extensive reviews, draws insight from business leaders throughout the world and takes suggestions over the preceding 6 months to produce a shortlist of firms.

Corporate Live Wire designated Maravela|Asociații M&A Law Firm of the Year in Romania. This year, over 100,000 corporate professionals, the general public and Corporate Live Wire`s subscriber base were invited to nominate associations, companies & individuals based on their achievements and strengths. The judging panel have decided upon the most deserving teams, practices and individuals to walk away with one of the prestigious accolades.

Received two individual awards from Finance Monthly, as we were designated both IT and Communications – Law Firm of the Year – Romania and Contract – Law Firm of the Year – Romania within Finance Monthly`s Law Awards 2017. The Finance Monthly Law Awards honor both firms and individuals for innovation in their specific yet wide-ranging legal fields. The honorees drive the industry by coupling client focus with unparalleled knowledge and their work is done on a global scale.

Maravela|Asociații is a winner of Corporate Insider’s Business Excellence Awards 2017. The voting process spanned over 12 months following nominations for the most innovative and successful businesses across a range of industries, taking into consideration recent performance and notable achievements, as well as the efficiency of the services offered. Corporate Insider is a well-respected source for business news, and their awards have showcased the best in the industry. They have a great panel of judges who take an ethical approach to ensure all nominees are given a fair chance. Previous winners have included big corporations such as Bentley and Microsoft right down to start ups and niche small businesses.

Maravela|Asociații is winner of the Excellence in Corporate Law Services Award, attributed by Corporate LiveWire during the 2017 Global awards. Over 100,000 corporate professionals, the general public and Corporate LiveWire’s subscriber base were invited to nominate associations, companies & individuals based on their achievements over the previous 12 months. Additionally Corporate LiveWire’s extensive research team has put forward a selection of individuals who have excelled within their sector. Information was submitted on each nominee and an independent judging panel have decided upon the most deserving teams, practices and individuals to walk away with one of these prestigious accolades.

2016

Once again, Maravela|Asociații and its Managing Partner Gelu Maravela have been listed and awarded rankings in the reputed Chambers Europe, the 2016 Edition, the guide that is the culmination of thousands of interviews with lawyers and clients carried out by the largest research team of its kind. Covering 52 jurisdictions, Chambers Europe acknowledges our expertise in the Corporate/M&A and Projects areas of practice. The firm is recognised for public procurement experience, focusing on projects concerning healthcare and water infrastructure, as well as energy-related mandates, while Managing Partner Gelu Maravela is ranked as a noteworthy adviser for public procurement issues and other project concerns, including related litigation matters.

Maravela|Asociații is once again internationally recognized and acknowledged, being awarded rankings in the The Legal 500, Europe, Middle East & Africa 2016 (the world’s largest legal referral guide for top business lawyers), within Comercial, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real estate & Construction, Dispute resolution and Restructuring & insolvency practice areas. Our partners Gelu Maravela, Marius Patrascanu and Ioan Roman are recommended lawyers within the aforementioned practice areas.

We have been shortlisted for the second time in row by an outstanding jury appointed by the leading UK publication The Lawyer for the purpose of The Lawyer European Awards 2016, from over 100 international and independent law firms competing for the 27 trophies offered, out of which 7 for the Law firm of the year: Romania Trophy.

In 2016 Maravela|Asociații was ranked as ”recognized firm” for 2016 by IFLR 1000, the guide to the world’s leading financial and corporate law firms and lawyers, whose first rankings were published in 1990 and which currently conducts research over 120 jurisdictions worldwide. Maravela|Asociații’s recognition stemmed from researches amongst its corporate clients which were inquired on the technical ability, accessibility and communication, depth of team, value for money, client/lawyer relationship, international network.

Maravela|Asociaţii has been once again listed by Best Lawyers International, one of the oldest and most respected international directories, being a peer based survey of the legal professionals. Founding partners Gelu Maravela and Alina Popescu were listed in this year’s edition of Best Lawyers International amongst the most prominent Romanian lawyers in no less than seven practice areas (Arbitration and Mediation, Corporate Law, Energy Law, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation Natural Resources Law, Project Finance and Development Practice). Furthermore, Gelu Maravela was designated, along 12 other of the most reputed Romanian business lawyers, as Lawyer of the year 2016-2017 in Romania for the Insolvency and Restructuring practice area.

Finance Monthly awarded us with M&A Firm of the Year 2016 in Romania title, recognizing our firm’s achievements amongst other dealmakers, management teams, financiers and professional advisers worldwide. Finance Monthly is a global publication providing news, analysis and features on all the latest headlines within the financial sector, covering the major regions such as the US, Europe and Asia and all key financial sectors.

Maravela|Asociații was designated Best M&A Law Firm 2016 – Romania, within Acquisition International’s Global M&A Awards. The Global M&A Awards have acted as an invaluable resource, highlighting the dedication, stellar results and top quality client service provided by many worldwide M&A industry leaders. Acquisition International Magazine’s annual awards have been highlighting the amazing work done by those firms and individuals whose ceaseless dedication to innovation, customer care and the continued growth and improvement of their businesses has seen them forge ahead of their competitors and raise the bar for performance and results in their industry.

International Advisory Experts attributed to Maravela|Asociaţii the M&A Law (Romania) award, following their research team’s decision. IAE pay tribute annually to firms and individuals who have been successful over the past 12 months and have received exceptional praise from their peers.

We have been awarded by Corporate LiveWire for Excellence in Commercial and Contract Law in Romania, at the Innovation & Excellence awards, sponsored by the International Business Innovation Association. The awards recognise businesses that have transformed over the past 12 months setting clear industry trends and advances, winners being chosen on merit and having shown excellence, innovation and strong leadership throughout their various activities over the past calendar year. We have been awarded alongside important names in various sectors such as Google for Innovation & Excellence in Automotive Engineering, Uber, Airbnb Inc and Microsoft, just to name a few.

Following extensive research Wealth & Finance International have presented Maravela|Asociații with the ‘2016 Tax Excellence Award’ in Romania. Wealth and Finance International has launched the award to acknowledge and honour professionals for their success and outstanding contribution to the tax industry and beyond. The award recognises individuals and firms who have made a sustained and significant impact in indirect tax and tax litigation as well as all other major tax areas.

We have been selected as a winner in Corporate Vision’s Best in Arbitration awards, as Romania’s most distinguished arbitration law firms for our outstanding work across the sector. The award underlines our significant increase in both the volume and size of disputes handled, alongside a surge in claims in international arbitration.

Maravela|Asociații is designated Tax and Insolvency Law Firm in Romania by The Corporate LiveWire Legal Awards, furthermore being the only firm present from its jurisdiction. This year, ”the winners have proven to be of high caliber, showing a strong motivation and drive to achieve fantastic results within the legal community”, as stated by Leah Jones, Award Director.

2015

For the second year in a row, Maravela|Asociații and Managing Partner Gelu Maravela have been awarded rankings in Chambers Europe 2015, one of the leading and most reputed guides in assessing Europe’s best business law firms and lawyers, covering 52 jurisdictions. Chambers Europe has particularly noted our expertise in the Projects area of practice, mainly encompassing financing and restructuring, project development, commercial and residential real estate as well as infrastructure, energy & natural resources and industrial projects expertise.

In less than two years after its establishment, Maravela|Asociații as well as founding partners Gelu Maravela and Marius Pătrășcanu have been awarded rankings in the The Legal 500, Europe, Middle East & Africa 2015 (the world’s largest legal referral guide for top business lawyers), within Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Real estate & Construction practice areas.

Managing Partners Gelu Maravela and Alina Popescu are listed in Best Lawyers International, a US based organization which, for the past decade, has been publishing the US premier guide for the legal profession, based exclusively on poles conducted amongst lawyer peers. Furthermore, Gelu Maravela is recommended by Best Lawyers International for a record number of six practice areas and was named 2014 – 2015 Energy Law “Lawyer of the Year”.

We have been shortlisted by the leading UK publication The Lawyer for Law Firm of the Year: Romania award, being selected from a “record number of entries” due to our ability to “stand out for” our “sharp and inventive strategic focus to overcome challenges”.

Maravela|Asociații is listed in Which Lawyer in Romania, the leading local guide to the commercial law market, being recognized as a go-to firm for Corporate/M&A, Banking, Litigation, Energy and Competition matters.

Following an extensive 12-month search of innovative, groundbreaking and client-focused firms, the Corporate LiveWire’s 2015 Innovation & Excellence Awards winners guide declared Maravela|Asociaţii the Most Outstanding Law Firm in Romania. Among the relevant year’s winners we are proud to be sharing titles with, there are internationally highly reputed names such as deVere Group, LinkedIn, Google, Deloitte, PwC and many important others.

2014

Awarded following thorough researches amongst clients and piers, the 2014 M&A Award of the British publication Finance Monthly, that recognizes the achievements of dealmakers, management teams, financiers and professional advisers who, over the previous 12 months, had demonstrated their deal making excellence with the most prized deals.

Maravela|Asociații has been awarded “M&A Law Firm of the Year Romania 2014” by ACQ5 (Acquisition Finance Magazine), a leading M&A magazine news portal. ACQ5 achieves its objectives through non-bias, concentrated, up to date flagship coverage, country reports and multilateral documents, in some cases commissioned by corporate, governmental and multilateral institutions.

Further to poles conducted amongst clients and peers, Maravela|Asociații has been awarded “Contract Law Firm of the Year Romania 2014” by the London based Acquisition International Magazine, placing the firm among top tier piers such as Linklaters, Herbert Smith, K&L Gates, Norton Rose, Baker & McKenzie, Bird & Bird and many important others.

Maravela|Asociații has been awarded “Mergers & Acquisitions Law Firm of the Year Romania 2014” by the reputed London based Acquisition International Magazine, thus positioning the firm among top tier piers globally.